Yesterday, I implemented Quiet Time. We tried to go down for a nap again - this attempt only lasted half an hour. I simply couldn't abide any more wiggling in that close proximity. When he told me he wasn't sleepy, I told him all about the awesomeness of Quiet Time. Mama gets to do some work and Bennett gets to play all by himself with whatever he wants. Unless Mama hears blood curdling screams, she won't even check on you. How's that for an awesome deal? The caveat was that Quiet Time has to last at least two hours. And hey, if he happens to fall asleep in that time - no problemo.
He played by himself for about thirty minutes yesterday. Then, he pooped. In his pants. I don't understand. We took a little Quiet Time break to clean out his unders and learn about the process involved (in cleaning, not pooping - he's got that down, y'all!). Then, he was on his own again for another twenty minutes or so before he started popping out of his playroom and asking, every five minutes, "Is Quiet Time over yet, mom? Did you hear the alarm go BRING?" That's right - I set an alarm. This kid does well with auditory reminders. Anyway - the point is this:
I had seen some ideas on Pinterest for how to keep your kid occupied during Quiet Time and today, I decided to try them out. After Bennett woke up at FIVE FREAKING THIRTY this morning (bring as sunshine, I might add - mom and dad, not so sun-shiney), I was certain that he would need a nap and that I'd get a chance to put the Quiet Time Boxes together while he snoozed. We went shopping in the morning to get the few supplies I didn't have on hand. I decided to raid his playroom for the majority of the innards. I just needed medium sized plastic bins with easy-open tops.
Of course, as is my luck, Bennett fell asleep in the car on our way home from Dollarama (Canadians really know how to name a store, eh?). He had a total of fifteen minutes nap today. Yay! Because he was awake, I chose to have him help me put the Quiet Time Boxes together. There are four in total and he was able to choose one to go up to his playroom with for Quiet Time. Luckily, because I had most of the supplies on hand for filling the boxes, it only took about fifteen minutes to assemble them. They still aren't labeled - but look: a compact way to hold four days worth of fun!
|Quiet Time Boxes - plan to have 7 total|
Like I said, I have visions of putting together three more boxes, I would like to put in some dominoes, dice, a deck of cards, some tanagrams, more books, a felt board or book . . . you name it. What are some ideas you'd like to share?